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Scavenger Hunting for a $15,000 Ring

The last scavenger hunt I went on was at church camp several years ago. The winning booty: a box of lime and cherry popsicles. The scavenger hunt I helped sponsor yesterday had a prize worth a bit more than a freezy pop. Couples (engaged, married, dating) raced around downtown Lexington to win a $15,000 diamond engagement ring! Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers located in the shops at the Lexington Center sponsored the Race for the Rock. Several local wedding vendors were present to show their support and sponsor the teams as they had two hours to find 46 clues, hidden in a 1-2 mile radius of Triangle Park. No motorized transportation was allowed. Bicycles, scooters and runners/ walkers in light blue shirts blanketed Lexington amid the 90 degree heat. You can check out the official site to see the winners and some of the action! Stay tuned to enter for the event next year!

All the Players

searching for clues

Gigi's Cupcakes icing tasting challenge

Arthur Murray's dance challenge clue

finding a clue at the fabulous Sky Bar at the pavillion

Searching through Tops in Lex for a clue

counting the flowers on the cake at Tinker's for a clue

checking for text clues

clues at SImply Love Studio

browsing a Kentucky Bride magazine for a clue

lovely ice sculptures from Four Seasons Catering

beat after a long race

the winners!!!

Congratulations and thanks to all who came out and played!!!!!!!

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Self-Portrait Worth a Thousand Words

I have so many other projects I’m working on but sometimes I stop and take time for me. You know-time to be an artist, time to…be. In this world it’s hard to feel beautiful when you’re a woman. The standard seems impossible to attain, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me. I have to remind myself that I too am beautiful even through my flaws. I am a fan of the self-portrait. A good self-portrait, whether metaphorical or carbon image, can tell you a lot about yourself. So today, I am posting my self-portrait. This is fresh from this afternoon. Drink up and enjoy:) Wouldn’t you love a lovely portrait of yourself too?

Just in Case


In case you forgot or no one ever told you: Kentucky has some of the best sunsets.:)

There’s No Place Like Home

There’s no place like home. Truly. Where else can you feel so safe, so comfortable?

Kansas. That’s where Asha is from. To honor her home, Dorthy and her little dog too, she wore these cute red, flats with her wedding gown.

There' No Place Like Home

CD Release for Chris Weiss: Lexington, KY Photographer

Chris Weiss a very talented local guitarist/ songwriter asked me to take photographs fro his latest CD, “Reflections.” After months in the making, the CD, along with its fabulous cover art, has been released. He had a release party last Saturday night. I meant to go for more than the last 10 minutes to get photographs. I also have to admit my new hidden passion for the Wii game “Just Dance.” Due to some intense competition, I was only able to make it to the last 10 minutes of the show. It’s alright. That’s all I needed to get some great parting shots.

The CD is wonderful. I listen to “Reflections” while I work at my Mac. It’s so smooth, very woodsy. I like that:)

Check out where you can hear Chris by browsing his website:

Chris Weiss.net

More of Chicago: Chicago Landscape Photography

Here are more from the Windy City trip.

the locals

State Street at dawn

I'm so addicted to the "blue hour"

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I Survived Running of the Brides-Chicago; Wedding Photographer

It all started on July 22.  Ashleigh, the bride, had her brother go downtown and stake out a place in line about 3:30. The doors were going to open at 8:00 am the next morning for Filene’s Basement’s once a year bridal gown sale known as “Running of the Brides.” I came with Ashleigh and 4 other ladies from Lake Bluff about 9:30 pm. A couple more women joined her team before midnight to camp out and wait for the night on State St. It was rough sleeping in a bag camping chair. Just when I’d finally doze off, a siren would go off, someone in a taxi would yell at us driving by or I’d hear the men across the street fixing something drop plywood or a ladder.

5:00 am opening of Starbucks felt like Christmas! I made it a double that morning for sure. As 8:00 am drew closer news crews were flocking in to interview Ashleigh and the other thousands of women lined up to get the deeply discounted designer dresses. Just before 8:00 they allowed the line to come in and snake down to the bottom of the escalator that leads into the store. The had everyone countdown the last 15 seconds outloud. The crowd started slowly shoving forward in eager anticipation to run frantically into the store and grab all the dresses a team could for their bride.

When the rope was dropped, we all ran to grab as many dresses as one could carry. The dresses are just hung on the racks-in no certain order of style, color or size. You just grab what you can and run back to the bride and pile them up. Ashleigh had strategized to have someone guard the pile of dresses that about 12 girls had gathered so no one would steal them. Yes, someone would. There were two-three women helping her try on dresses and sort sizes she needed as quickly as possible. When one wouldn’t work it was handed to someone on the team to “barter” for a dress that might work. You have to have “collateral” to try for other dresses you need to try in order to get our dream dress. Without a dress to try you probably won’t be able to find a dress to try on at all. Women just change in the middle of the store. It feels crazy. But if you want your dream dress at a dream price, you will sacrifice some things. Sanity? Maybe. It’s all an exciting experience. One for the books.

Ashleigh’s certain dress experience didn’t stop when she found her dress. Yes there was fireworks and cheering. Until someone, unaware it was THE DRESS, gave it away thinking it was just another dress they didn’t need. Talk about frantic women!!! Luck would have it the dress was found by a team member and through a tiny word scuffle with another bride, it was recovered! Whew! All things are good again!

Ashleigh's brave campers

doing one of many interviews that morning

bartering

and she found it!

Chicago-It’s My Kind of Town

Plans don’t always work out. When they get foiled it can seem like the end of the world. I planned on going to Chicago to see a great guy I met. In return for a place to stay while I was there, I was also going to photograph a friend of a friend’s experience of finding a dress in Filene’s Basement’s “Running of the Brides.” Things fell through with the guy at the last minute, taking my plans to square one. With that love lost, I found a different love instead. It’s name is Chicago. I hadn’t planned on loving a city so much. After all-I’m a country girl. Chicago is just…beautiful! The lake, the architecture, the variety of people and culture…I’m smitten. I’ll be back to see my new love.

State St. at dawn

Trump Tower

Horse Mania! Lexington, KY Photographer

Need something fun to do around Lexington? Horse Mania is back! I found a couple horses at Gratz Park. I’m to photograph all 82…all from different angles. It’s a challenge indeed. I don’t think there is a map of where all of them are. I’m not even sure if 82 is the official number. Doesn’t matter really. Stay tuned. This will be quite the challenge. :)

Peanuts

I have to be honest. I have another love. The outside. This world includes growing things in my garden. I was getting bored with the traditional things I always planted: zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflowers, etc. This year I wanted different, exciting. PEANUTS! Yes, the real Mr. Planters, growing in my backyard.

I planted the nuts, inside the shell, in peat pots. In a few days they were ready for garden. A couple weeks later the shell started to pop out of the ground. The shell opened and tiny leaves began popping out! Now, as of July 20, I have huge, vining peanut plants. In couple months, I’ll be able to dig up hundreds of pods-and make my own peanut butter!! Oh. yeah.:)